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You know how great inventions seem so simple once someone has invented it? Here is a perfect example: Most modern homes, or renovated older ones, end up with recessed can lighting all over the place. It's cheap, it does the job and it's inoffensive. But it also has no style and looks like you cheaped out on the decor, or couldn't make a decision. On top of that, while it's inexpensive to install, taking them out has always required an electrician, a plaster guy, and then repainting.
Now, if you've been following along, you'll know about saving money on your electric bill by replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs and the new LED bulbs just hitting shelves. Today, I'm going to tell you how swapping your old lights for LED Christmas lights can save you money three ways.
I know it's early yet to be thinking about holiday decorations, but the whole inspiration for this blog today is a program that Home Depot is only running for a limited time. From now until 11/14, you can trade-in old-style Christmas lights and get $3 off a string of new, energy efficient, LED lights.
Update 11/18 - See the bottom of the page for Sears and Kmart light recycling deals.
Here are 5 table settings you can make on a budget that are fun for
fall, but can be modified and used year round!
1. DIY Candy Jars. Do you have a small side table,
or the corner of a buffet table you are looking to decorate? How
about these DIY Candy Jars. We found three separate candle holders
we had around the house. one was wood, and the other two were both
different colors. We unified them with a can of glossy black spray
paint (we were decorating for Halloween, but you could use any
color). We then cleaned out an old pickle jar, pasta sauce jar
and mason jar in our fridge and painted their lids black. We
attached them to the bases with Gorilla Glue and added candy.
... When replacing light fixtures, comparison shop. To pick out a new chandelier for my dining room, I went to no less than three of the big box hardware stores to see what my best options were for my limited budget. I found the best, biggest and most varied selection of chandeliers at Menards. I did peruse some online retailers of lights, but since I couldn't physically touch and see the items, I didn't feel comfortable shelling out the cash for those light fixtures. But I'm weird like that. A great option for home accessories, light fixtures, and other household building supplies is an outlet called ReStore, which are located in both Canada and the US. ReStore is a unique type of home improvement outlet because it accepts donations from building sites and stores that are closing to support Habitat for Humanity. ReStore is both a ...
As I write this blog post, Hurricane Irene is lashing the East Coast with heavy rain and winds of 105 mph. Irene has the potential to become a multibillion-dollar catastrophe. Six to nine foot waves have already been reported along the Carolina coast. This disaster is projected to affect 65 million people in the heavily populated region of DC, New York, Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
New Yorkers, who have not seen a hurricane since Hurricane Gloria in 1985, are being asked to pack up and move elsewhere as the city could become flooded. The highest economic damage by a storm in the Northeastern U.S. was in 1938 in Long Island at $45,301,000,000.
Let's hope Hurricane Irene weakens and gets downgraded from a Category 2 storm.
What are some ways you can prepare for a hurricane and avoid disaster to you and your home?
When I was twelve years old, I was often left home alone in a house in the middle of the mid-western countryside. You know, all M. Night Shyamalan "Signs" style with creaky screen doors and Mel Gibson wandering around chasing aliens on the roof. Okay, maybe not that last part--but still, in the dark of night in a house about twenty yards from a lone street that winds up to a low-traveled two-lane highway, things can get pretty scary at ten at night when you're a kid.
I devised a full-proof plan, though, when I needed to walk outside for something--I picked up our cordless phone (oh, the days before cell phones) and pretended to have an engaged discussion with a friend who, supposedly, would call the police at the first sound of trouble on my end.
Well, either my foolproof plan worked or nobody was ever going to burglarize my house, but either way, if I'd have had a FakeTV Burglar Deterrent Device, I might not have even bothered!